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What are isoflavones in foods?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Phytochemicals or plant chemicals are compounds in plants that help to protect the plant. Studies have shown that these “chemicals” can also hold health benefits for humans. Isoflavones are often called plant estrogens or phytoestrogens because they have a similar structure to the hormone estrogen. Although, isoflavones are considered natural selective estrogen like effects and act in the body in some parts but opposite in other parts of the body. Bottom line is that isoflavones may have some of the benefits of estrogen without the harmful effects.

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